Spain made its return at last year’s Food and Wine Festival and it’s back again in 2018. I’m always excited to try the Spanish Cuisine including: a Charcuterie Cone, Seafood Salad and of course Spanish Paella!! Those sound like some amazing options so let’s see how they taste in my Spain Review for the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
How cool is the Spain marketplace?? Don’t you love the clay tiles on the roof and the whole facade of the building covered in green vines??
The Spain menu is basically the same from last year. The Charcuterie Cone and the Paella didn’t change at all in price, but the Seafood Salad went up 0.75 cents from last year.
- Charcuterie in a Cone with imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette ($6.50)
- Spanish-style Paella with Chorizo and Roasted Chicken ($5.25)
- Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar and Smoked Paprika (GF) ($6.00)
- Lagar de Bouza Albariño, Rías Baixas ($5.00)
- Casa Castillo Monastrell, Jumilla ($5.00)
- Espelt Garnacha Old Vines, Catalonia ($5.00)
- Wine Flight ($5.50)
Charcuterie in a Cone ($6.50):
Guys, it’s meat and cheese in a cone. Is there anything else needed than that?? Ok, I’ll give it to you anyway. I loved both types of meat inside here, the spicy salami and the imported Spanish Ham. It was very similar to Italian Prosciutto, very sweet and a delicate texture. The cheese was a harder cheese, similar in texture to a cheddar but very mild. There were some nice, plump olives inside to that were delicious! The cool part was that everything was covered in olive oil and spices. This is a great walk-around Food and Wine snack since it’s in the cone, plus it’s very light and not heavy which helps when the heat is blazing in World Showcase.
Spanish-style Paella with Chorizo and Roasted Chicken ($5.25):
This was a little different from last year which had shrimp and mussels. This version of the Spanish Paella instead has chorizo and roasted chicken, I guess enabling this dish to remain at the same price as last year. I actually enjoyed this version more. I think it ended up being a little more filling, and I love the added spice the chorizo gives to the dish. The rice was cooked great this time, which varies from cook to cook. Definitely one of the most popular dishes at Food and Wine and I’d say an overall solid choice. Not stupendous, but solid.
Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels ($6.00):
So the Seafood Salad is a great choice for someone looking for a snack, but wants to keep cool at the same time. The seafood is very fresh inside, shrimp, scallops and mussels all fill the dish. Fill is a loose term, as lettuce is actually filling half of the bowl.
This was last year’s:
Another portion cut around Food and Wine and part of a disturbing trend.
Last year’s version was much better. Besides the fact that there was more in the bowl, it also tasted better being covered in a wonderful oil with seasonings. If you absolutely have to get it this year you’ll probably still like it, but it’s a major downgrade in quality from last year with an upgrade in price.
Wine Flight ($5.50)
The Wine Flight we really loved and it’s delicious and one of the best bargains at Food and Wine being only $5.50.
Lagar de Bouza Albariño ($4.75):
This has a wonderful smell. Very fragrant and fruity to the nose. Drinking it was just as nice and it has a round texture and goes down smooth. It has a long finish due to its high acidity level. Not sweet and went nicely with the Paella.
Casa Castillo Monastrell ($5.50):
We were’t crazy about this one honestly. It smells like berries so when we tasted it we thought that’s what we were getting, but it’s a mix between that and coffee, which ruined it a bit for me. But hey I’m a coffee hater so what do I know! It’s also a bit spicy and has a very dark flavor. Maybe paired with something else it could be good, but I just wasn’t a fan.
Espelt Garnacha Old Vines ($3.75):
This was very smooth. It had mild tannins, and definitely really fruity. I tasted lots of red berries and ripe cherry on the front and a tart finish. We loved this and it was our favorite of the 3 wines by far!
Booth Summary and Grade:
So Spain was good, but I wouldn’t go back again. We like the Charcuterie Cone a lot and I guess would come back for that, and the Paella was pretty good too. The Seafood Salad change this year is off-putting, and I expect more. Go for the cone and wine and skip the rest.
If you have to get just one thing: Charcuterie in a Cone
Overall Grade - 8/10
Overall Grade - 8/10
I want you to be able to have the best info on the Festival so you have a great time and don’t waste your time! Take a look at all of my 2018 Epcot Food and Wine articles including:
- 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Info Guide
- Complete Index of the Food and Wine Menus
- 11 MUST-TRY NEW items at 2018 Food and Wine Festival
- Top 10 Overall Snacks at Food and Wine
- Top Food and Wine Booths
I want to know what you think about the Spain Review at the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival…
- Which is your favorite item?
- Which do you still want to try?
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